Jason Hanna and Joe Sutton, CNN, November 20, 2019
A Confederate monument that had stood in front of a North Carolina courthouse for 112 years was taken down overnight after months of debate and protests.
Crews used cranes early Wednesday to remove the monument — a bronze statue of a Confederate soldier atop a marble pedestal — from its spot outside the Chatham County courthouse in Pittsboro, roughly a 35-mile drive west of Raleigh.
The county Board of Commissioners voted in August to remove the statue, CNN affiliate WRAL reported.
A few dozen people gathered to watch the removal after the county announced late Tuesday that it was about to happen, CNN affiliates reported.
Debate over the monument’s future sparked protests against and for its removal in recent weeks. A fight erupted Saturday between pro-monument demonstrators and counterprotesters, leading to the arrests of 11 people, WTVD reported.